Was it really a whole year since we covered the Monqi smartphone? Yes, yes it was. Back then it was exclusively available on Carphone Warehouse, but from November 14th you’ll be able to register interest in the newer version on www.tescomobile.com/monqi. This is actually the IMO S2 with the monqi system layered on top to keep everything child-friendly.
It’s billed as the ideal first smartphone and will go on sale with Tesco Mobile on November 26th, exclusive to the network. The monqi operating system gives both peace of mind and adds safety measures so that you can block calls, texts, data and app-usage remotely or manually. You can also activate or deactivate certain aspects of the phone based on the location. You can buy it on pay as you go for just £99 and pay monthly for £12 a month.
The IMO S2 has a 5″ 720p HD display, a 1.25GHz quad-core chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and a microSD slot. Camera-wise you’re getting a 13 megapixel real shooter and a 5 megapixel selfie cam. It’s powered by a 2,600mAh battery.
The clever monqi system will help you block unsuitable content and will track where your child is, setup a geo-fence and what they’re doing on the phone – giving you the power to protect them. Everything is controlled from a parental Android or iOS app – you can manage, control and observe screen-time too.